Booneville’s senior boys polished off Perryville last Tuesday to complete a perfect 14-0 conference season and win their 23rd game in a row, then went to County Line to take on an Indian team that had won 23 games in their own right during the season.
The Cats had a nine-point lead late in the third quarter and the opportunity to extend it to double figures, but could not do so, and the Indians rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
The law of averages then caught up with the Cats in the overtime. Having dodged efforts to tie or win on four different occasions during the season, they could not hold off the fifth as Tyler Young hit a three-pointer in the overtime to give County Line the lead. They then hit two free throws and three Booneville shots to tie the game would not go, marking the end to the Cats’ 23-game winning streak as CL took the 53-50 win.
The LadyCats, beset by late-season injuries and illnesses, dropped decisions to Perryville and County Line during the week. Hannah Gregory couldn’t play both games due to an injury, and Shelby Posey missed the County Line game with the flu. Both were expected to return to action on Monday when Booneville took on Perryville again at the district tournament in Two Rivers.
However, the LadyCats will still be missing a player for that game as Kasidey Thompson was injured late in the County Line game and was not expected to be able to play on Monday. The winner of Monday’s game faced Lamar on Tuesday with a regional tournament berth at stake.
The Bearcats play today at 5:15, likely against Perryville or Paris, in the semifinals of the district tournament. The finals are tomorrow night at 7:45. Regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game, the Cats will be in the regional tournament in Perryville next week.
Bearcats 55 Perryville 35
The Mustangs tried to slow the game down in its initial stages, and three Dawson Bullock baskets had Perryville on top 6-5. But then Blakley Cobb took a charge, and he and Logan Bradley each scored for a 9-6 Booneville lead after one. The Cats were themselves missing Camryn Lawson and Noah Reyes due to illness, but Bradley scored four points and Cobb added a basket for 15-8. But then both of them got in foul trouble, and Booneville turned to Rusty Maloy and Bryce Keeter to shore things up inside. They did more than just that as Maloy scored on a layup and after Perryville cut it to 17-15, Maloy dropped in a three-pointer and then Tyler Hall found Keeter alone for a layup and a 22-15 halftime lead for the Cats.
Cobb threw in a three-pointer to increase the lead to 10 and after the Mustangs cut it back to six, Maloy put in another three from the corner, forcing Perryville into a timeout. That did not help as Cobb was fouled on a three-point attempt and swished all the shots, and Grant Goers followed with a layup for 33-19. He would add a three and two free throws later in the quarter and Booneville led 38-27 after three. Booneville then put it away with eight straight points to start the fourth quarter. Bradley scored the first five points in that run and Nate Riley finished it with a breakaway layup for 46-30. The Mustangs had a five-point flurry, but Cobb and Goers scored inside to quell the run, and Booneville finished it off when Josh Brackett found Andrew Mattson for a layup.
Thirteen was lucky for the Cats as Bradley, Cobb and Goers all finished on that number, with Maloy adding eight. Goers snagged nine rebounds and Bradley eight, while Hall handed out four assists and Riley three.
Perryville 42 LadyCats 27
An opening three-ball by Perryville was quickly countered with a steal and layup from Baylee Moses, followed by her three-pointer that put Booneville up. But the Lady Mustangs scored the last seven points of the quarter for a 10-5 lead. Moses dropped in a running 10-footer to start the second period but Perryville followed that with an 18-0 run, getting turnovers and converting them to layups, and they led 28-7 at the break.
Moses started the third-quarter scoring and then Shelby Posey took over for the rest of the period, scoring Booneville’s other six of the quarter. The LadyCats outscored Perryville in the quarter but still trailed 34-15 after three. The Lady Mustangs extended the lead to 23 before Moses swished another three. Kasidey Thompson then banked one home as well and followed with a layup as Booneville closed on a 10-2 run with Moses getting the final Booneville basket. The junior led the LadyCats wth 16 points, six rebounds and six steals.
County Line 45 LadyCats 28
As in the Perryville game, Booneville took an early 5-3 lead when Kasidey Thompson hit a three and Baylee Moses put in a 10-footer. The Lady Indians’ Diana Oudomvilay scored the next seven points before a Thompson 15-footer made it 10-7 after one. Booneville did not hit a field goal in the second quarter, in which County Line outscored the LadyCats 13-4. All of Booneville’s points came on free throws by Lindsay Wallace, who was 4-for-6 in the quarter. Keara Ross was playing solid defense and took a charge late in the period, but County Line led 23-11 at the break.
They made another three-pointer before Thompson was able to reply in kind; Sarah Grissom then rebounded a Moses miss and hit a bank shot to get BHS within 26-16. County Line scored the next nine and it could have been more except that Thompson scurried back to take a charge, her 11th of the season to break Brittany Ward’s single-season record. Still, CL led 35-17 after three. It became 38-17 before Booneville scored again, on a free throw by Moses and two from Wallace. Moses would add four more from the line and Brittnie Maness hit from six, then with 40 seconds left Thompson sought to turn a steal into a layup. Instead, she ended up running into the back wall, injuring her knee. Moses would round out the scoring with a layup of her own.
Thompson and Moses led Booneville with nine points each with Wallace going 6-for-8 from the line and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
County Line 53 Bearcats 50 (OT)
Booneville started with a 5-0 lead after a Blakley Cobb three-pointer, but the Indians racked up the next eight points. But Camryn Lawson and Tyler Hall hit back-to-back threes and a Cobb layup put BHS on top 13-10 after one. Tyler Young tied it up with a three-pointer but Grant Goers got the next three before Young responded again. The teams then swapped baskets before Cobb and Logan Bradley got layups. But Pacyn Reames had a basket and a three-point play, enabling CL to close the gap to 22-20 at halftime.
The Cats sought to put it away early in the third quarter as Nate Riley, Bradley, Hall and Goers all had layups and a Cobb 12-footer made it 34-27. Reames hit two from the line but baskets by Hall and Bradley made it 38-29. A Young three-ball was answered by Lawson and Booneville then could have gone up by double digits, but turned it over and Caleb Robberson hit a three and a two to narrow the lead to 41-37. Zach Franklin then made a three to make it a one-point game before Goers hit a free throw and Bradley scored inside for 44-40. an Indian basket cut into the lead and then Goers was fouled but only made one. Reames then made good on a three-point play to tie it up; Bradley was called for a charge and the Indians had a chance to win, but missed. Booneville called time to set up a play, but Riley was off the mark from 15 and it went to overtime.
That started well for the Cats as Cobb hit a three-pointer, but Young answered for County Line and after two Bradley free throws, the Indians ran it down under a minute and then Young bombed away again, making good for a 51-50 Indians lead. Booneville missed and had to foul, with Robberson hitting two from the line. Cobb then missed threes from either side of the floor, the second after apparently being fouled, but no call was made. The Cats had one more chance. but Riley’s three hit backboard and rim and bounced away.
Cobb and Bradley scored 14 points each, with Hall and Lawson each tallying seven. Lawson also had seven assists, but Booneville only hit 5-of-8 from the line while County Line was 10-for-11.